Australian health minister reiterates importance of mask-wearing, social distancing

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Japan’s COVID-19 infections rise by 920 to 28,190
TOKYO : The number of COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 920 to reach 28,190 on Thursday amid a resurgence of infections across the country, according to Japan’s health ministry and local governments.
The number of daily new infections hit a record high, exceeding 900 for the first time as six prefectures reported their highest number of daily new cases.
The total number of infections excludes 712 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama earlier in the year.
The Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed 366 new cases of infections on Thursday, marking a new record high which surpassed 300 for the first time.
The prefecture’s number of daily new infections has been over 100 for 15 straight days, bringing the cumulative total for Tokyo to 10,420.
Following Tokyo, Osaka Prefecture recorded 104 new cases, while Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba reported 53, 64 and 33 new cases on Thursday respectively, the latest figures showed.
The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 1,004 people, including 13 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The health ministry also said there are currently 55 patients considered severely ill with ventilators or in intensive care units.
The ministry added that in total, 21,310 people have been discharged from hospitals after their symptoms improved, according to the latest figures released Thursday.


Australian health minister reiterates importance of mask-wearing, social distancing
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt reiterated the importance of face masks and social distancing measures as the nation’s COVID-19 cases have surpassed 13,000 on Thursday.
From Thursday, about 5 million residents in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in the state of Victoria are required to wear masks when leaving home.
“Each one of us can help save a life or inadvertently, risk a life,” Hunt told Sunrise, an Australian breakfast show program. “We’re at that moment in our history where our individual actions are perhaps more important than ever.”
“Keeping the distance, practicing the cough etiquette, wearing the mask, but above all else, keeping your space and being at home if you have the symptoms or if you have been tested and you’re waiting for a result.”
As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 13,306 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia and the number of new cases in the last 24 hours was 423, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health.
Of the new cases, 403 were in Victoria and the state authorities also confirmed five new deaths, including a man in his 50s, taking the national death toll to 133.
“So for Victoria, for Melbourne in particular, as we embark upon this new phase of the steps to protect ourselves and to protect our fellow Australians, the mandatory requirement of masks is confronting,” Hunt also said in a press conference.


With highest single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 12 lakh mark
With the highest single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India’s coronavirus count crossed 12 lakh mark on Thursday.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that 1,129 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases stand at 12,38,635 including 4,26,167 active cases, 7,82,606 cured/discharged/migrated. The cumulative toll has reached 29,861 deaths.]
Maharashtra has reported 3,37,607 cases, highest in the country followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,86,492 cases. Delhi coronavirus count has reached 1,26,323 cases.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 1,50,75,369 samples were tested till July 23 out of which 3,50,823 samples were tested yesterday.


Washington D.C. requires residents to wear masks outside
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Wednesday issued an executive order that requires residents to wear masks outside their homes.
“Basically what it says is, if you leave home, you should wear a mask,” Bowser told reporters during a press conference.
The order, which includes fines of up to 1,000 U.S. dollars per violation, won’t be enforced on children under the age of three, people who are actively eating or drinking, and those who are vigorously exercising outdoors without being close to anyone else.
Bowser also said she will extend the city’s state of emergency.The U.S. capital has seen an increase in coronavirus infections as the city moves towards further reopening.
The city reported 102 new cases on Wednesday, the highest surge in a single day since early June, bringing its total caseload to 11,529.In addition to the U.S. capital, some 40 states and Puerto Rico now have some type of mask requirement order in place.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Wednesday that everyone in the Buckeye State must wear a mask in public.
“Wearing masks will make a difference,” DeWine tweeted. “It will determine what our fall looks like. We want kids to go back to school, we want to see sports — to do that it’s very important that all Ohioans wear a mask.”
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has shifted his tones on masks and the coronavirus pandemic, told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that his strategy “is to shelter the highest-risk Americans, while allowing younger and healthier citizens to return to work or school while being careful and very vigilant.””Wear a mask, socially distance, and repeatedly wash your hands,” he added.
As of late Wednesday night, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States neared 4 million with more than 143,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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